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Ballard Inn
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Reviewed 19 November 2011

Wow! A good B&B set in a romantic town.

- Rooms are beautifully furnished, and the atmosphere is great.
- Staff especially the front desk is excellent
- The building is magnificent, as are the rose gardens

Cons:
- expensive
- no hand basin in the bathroom
- kitchen is noisy at night, and this spoils the rooms immediately above
- noise from the lounge until 10pm at night is bothersome
- dinner is OK, but my rib-eye (why such a cheap cut?) was tough and undercooked
- breakfast is good, with each order cooked immediately. However, if there are no items you
want, you are out of luck, as there is minimal cereal or other goodies. The Hadsten House
in Solvang would be a good example of what one would expect. However, this is a small
place, and one should not expect everything.

But these are quibbles and I want to come again.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank piet10
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Reviewed 14 November 2011

Ideally located, most comfortable bed, great evening happy hour in which to meet other guests and compare wineries. Love the rockers on the porch. All in all a totally comfortable stay.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank SandieAlbuquerque
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Reviewed 26 October 2011

My wife and I had a great opportunity to spend 3 nights mid-week at “Ballard Inn”. The Inn is very warm and inviting with roomy public areas and comfortable rooms. Our accommodation was roomy and the bed was very comfortable, but all the rooms have only a wardrobe cabinet instead of a closet, and personally I found the single in-room washstand uncomfortable to use. The staff is warm and friendly and very accommodating. Each evening from 4:30 to 5:30 a selection of 3 wines is served, accompanied by an assortment of cheese, crackers, tasty tidbits and assorted fresh fruit. A nice cooked breakfast with at least 2 “specials” is offered each morning. Pancakes were delicious! The only food negative was that the fruit bowl was prepared too far in advance and it lacked the freshness and the crispness of the fruit served at the previous evening’s wine tasting. This happened all three mornings. The fruit looked like “leftovers” from the night before. Peets coffee and Pellegrino water are available 24/7. The Inn is very quiet on Monday and Tuesday nights when the restaurant is closed, but it can be quite different on the weekends when the wine tasting crowds descend on the area. The restaurant serves dinner Tuesday through Sunday and prices run to the high side. Definitely a “special occasion” restaurant for us! The menu is limited but the dishes are expertly prepared and served. I can personally attest to a small but delicious seared foie gras appetizer and an outstanding rack of lamb. The wine list is filled with interesting selections but also run to the high side in price. The restaurant does accommodate guests with their own wine, and corkage is $15/btl. All-in-all, a great place to stay if you want to avoid the hotel/motel scene in Solvang and enjoy the quiet ambiance of a small inn.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper, select a room away from the street which can get early morning traffic.
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Oceanbear
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

The rooms are cozy, the staff is amazing, and the food (both breakfast and dinners at the on-site restaurant) is unparalleled.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank morrison6
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

There was only one thing that I didn't like about this B&B: They have all of these wonderful services......the front desk clerk physically shows you to your room and offers to carry your bags, they have wine and cheese in the evenings, nighttime turn down service, etc. However, they DON'T tell you up front that you will be paying a 10% automatic gratuity to all of these people when you check out! That was an extra $38 surprise (it is not optional)! I don't like surprises like that. Seems a little sneaky and I have never experienced such a charge before. Otherwise, it is a beautiful place and we were very happy with the facilities.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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10  Thank Marcia L
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achrisyth, General Manager at Ballard Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2011

Thank you for your input regarding your recent stay. I apologize that the service charge was not made clear to you at the time of booking the reservation. The inn has made an effort to clearly express the charge verbally at the time of making the reservation or if made online, it is stated on the payment page before agreeing to the charges. As a followup, all reservations receive a confirmation letter that states the charge there as well. I value your input and will use it to better enhance my reservation system for the future.

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